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Design and testing of 3D printed cross compound parabolic concentrators for LCPV system

Al-Shidhani, Mazin, Alnajideen, Mohammad, Garcia Rocha, Victoria and Min, Gao 2018. Design and testing of 3D printed cross compound parabolic concentrators for LCPV system. AIP Conference Proceedings 2012 (1) , 020001. 10.1063/1.5053489
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Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Systems has the potential to increase the power output and reduce the cost of PV systems. This work demonstrates a successful attempt to fabricate high performance Cross Compound Parabolic Concentrator (CCPC) using 3D printing. The performance of the 3D printed CCPCs was characterized using a testing setup that consists of a monocrystalline silicon solar cell (10mm × 10mm) mounted on a cooling/rotation stage. Five CCPCs of varied concentration ratio (2.9×, 4.0×, 6.0×, 7.8× and 9.0×) were fabricated and their performance were evaluated. The results show that the optical efficiency of these 3D printed CCPC ranges from 82% to 89%, representing the highest values reported to date. In addition, the angular responses of the concentrators were also evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: AIP Publishing
ISSN: 0094-243X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 7 December 2017
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 02:09

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